Biographical Sketch of Martha A. Ijams

Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920

Biography of Martha A. Ijams, 1878-1966

By Alden Blake, Undergraduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

California Civic League; Secretary of the Women's Legislative Council; Secretary of the Romance Language Association.

Miss. Martha A. Ijams was born in California on November 20, 1878. The daughter of Florence Linekin and John D. Ijams, she was a teacher, member of the California Civic League, was Secretary of the Women's Legislative Council, and lived in Berkeley for most of her adult life. Her writings can be found in publications such as Equal Rights Magazine, where she argued against the unfair treatment of women in courts of law, saying that "The wife was one with the husband only so long as it was for his advantage that she should be; the moment she became answerable to the penal law, she regained her legal existence and stood, in her own person, alone before the bar of justice." Ilams was also active in educational policies and was secretary of the Romance Language Association of California.

Ijams died in Alameda, California on September 16, 1966.

Sources:

State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Harper, Ida Husted, The History of Women Suffrage, vol. 6, p. 52 [LINK]

Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Ijams, Martha A. "Why Blame Blackstone?" In Equal Rights, Vol. 11, No. 30, September 06, 1924, 6-7. Baltimore, MD: National Woman's Party, US, 1924.

Modern Language Association Journal, 2 (October 1917-May 1918): 44.

State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics

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